A bird shooting fundraiser for an Oklahoma senator has an animal rights group’s feathers rustled.
The group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, posted a video on its YouTube channel Monday showing undercover footage of what the group calls “cruelty, cowardice, corruption” in the name of raising money for Republican Sen. James Inhofe’s reelection campaign.
According to animal rights activists, the fundraiser held the weekend of Sept. 5 not only included the senseless maiming and killing of pigeons, but also a misappropriation of public funds. SHARK claims Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officers and the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department had a presence on the grounds of the Quartz Mountain Lodge in Lone Wolf, but it’s unknown what capacity the officers were in attendance.
The video’s narrator, Steve Hindi, also the founder and president of SHARK, further claims the agencies were providing private security for the event. In the video, two vehicles — one sheriff’s patrol car and a black SUV are seen flanking the entrance to a road. It’s unknown if the road led to the fundraiser, but SHARK claims officers were checking participants as they entered because the senator’s party was on the lookout for activists.